|Owner's Other EVs||1970 Saab 96|
1992 Mazda Miata
|Location||Lancaster, Pennsylvania US map|
|Vehicle||1970 Saab 96 |
The original lead-acid conversion from 3 years ago has been upgraded to lithium. I'm leaving old EValbum page up for comparison.
|Motor||Advanced DC 9 Series Wound DC|
|Drivetrain||4 speed transmission on the column, no clutch|
|Controller||Cafe Electric zilla 1k HV|
1000-amp controller limited at 800 amps. peels out easily in 2nd gear with partial throttle.
|Batteries||58 CALB/Skyenergy 180ah, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
|System Voltage||185 Volts|
|Charger||Elcon PFC 2500|
hooked up to MiniBMS so it has the ability to shut down charging.
|Instrumentation||using a Speedhut GPS speedometer after factory speedo broke for the second time. don't love the delay it requires when starting up to find the satellites. it is neat though.|
|Top Speed||80 MPH (128 KPH)|
old car feels a bit unstable at that speed.
|Acceleration||acceleration is blistering fast|
|Range||120 Miles (193 Kilometers)|
I have done 118 real miles, mostly highway, at 30% SOC.
The other day I missed an important exit and drove 139 miles, mostly highway, at 7% SOC. No LVC alerts were triggered.
|Watt Hours/Mile||200 Wh/Mile |
not sure how a 2600-lb car can do 200 wh/mi.... it IS pretty efficient, though.
|Curb Weight||2,600 Pounds (1,181 Kilograms)|
guessing - need to confirm.
|Conversion Time||1.5 months for lithium upgrade|
|Additional Features||-water-cooling for Zilla|
-rev limiter keeps you from over-revving and damaging the motor
-just installed adjustable shocks in the rear. made big difference.
|the difference in performance is stark.|
range has tripled from 40+ to 120+ miles.
accleration is scary.
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